Get control of your data with NextCloud by Velocity Host
Cloud services are often a target for hackers, which means that your data could be at risk of falling into the wrong hands. Dropbox was hacked in 2016 where data for over 68 million user accounts were stolen and put up for sale on the dark web. It’s not just DropBox… Google has also fallen victim to password security breaches. Nearly 5 million Gmail accounts were hacked when their database was dumped on a Russian security forum. To make matters worse, Google Drive uses the same account to login to Gmail, this meant that both platforms were compromised as a result. As for Microsoft, it is the number one targeted platform for hackers and cybercriminals and has been hacked several times. The most recent was in January 2019 where 773 million emails and tens of millions of passwords from a variety of domains were leaked.
A Story Of Automated Backups & Self Service Restores
We’re always on the lookout to improve services and deliver incredible value to clients. Recently we introduced three new SMB shared hosting plans specifically designed to cater for a range of business uses; from small Start-Ups to Established businesses and Pro packages catering to all business types.
In designing these new packages we consulted heavily with clients really listening to pain points on how we could help our SMBs manage their data better. A strong theme kept surfacing – the management of backups and file restores was an area desperately needing improvement.
The Old Way: Clunky Backups & Restores
By default, cPanel provides a very basic method for backing up your hosted data, which is the all or nothing approach. These backups live in the same hosting space as your site files and can become excessively data-heavy, consuming a large chunk of your allocated hosted storage space if not regularly removed.
When you revert to a previous backup in cPanel, it actually overwrites all the current data (so it’s gone forever!) which means that it isn’t possible to simply restore a specific file, email or DB.
This only left you with the painstaking option of downloading the entire backup to your desktop, digging through all those files and folders and trying to find the data you actually need. Clearly not an ideal scenario, not to mention very time-consuming.
DR is always an important topic for any business as even small interruptions to services can mean a massive loss in productivity for employees and clients alike equating to money down the drain.
(vh) Backup & Disaster Recovery solutions hitting your business objectives.
Minimise down-time and meet RTOs (Real Time Objectives) & budgets – How much down-time is acceptable for your business and costs involved to meet those goals?
Continuity in business data to meet RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives) – How much data can you afford to lose when a disaster strikes… hours, days?
Today’s post is designed to showcase new technology from Veeam combined with your (vh) cloud allowing for greater business continuity and minimised down-time in the event of service interruptions. Using Veeam Backup & Replication v7 (shortly v8) we will cover in a high level overview how cloud based backup & replication will help guarantee RTOs & RPOs.
Another larger example of what goes wrong when you aren’t backing up your own data was DistributeIT who in 2011 lost over 5,000 clients’ websites, emails and data. Can you imagine being one of those businesses? You can read the full SmartCompany article here “Five lessons from the Distribute.IT hosting disaster“.
It makes no difference who the provider is, if you don’t subscribe to a backup service or take regular backups of your data you’re leaving your business wide open to significant loss especially if your online presence is a core part of your day-to-day operations.
Imagine losing all company emails, your website & data that’s stored in the CLOUD. How long will it take your business to recover and if your only presence is online – will you recover at all?